Where? Up on the 63rd floor of one of the most coveted hotels in Bangkok – the Lebua.

The view: A sweeping panorama of the city’s bright lights.

Atmosphere: With live jazz playing nightly, it’s a relaxed escape from the hectic city.

Who goes there? International travellers and the style-savvy.

Best feature: The illuminated bar that changes colour every few seconds.

Signature cocktail: A Sunset 63, with Absolut 100 vodka, Cointreau, pineapple and orange juice.


Open Daily from 6pm – 1am.

sky bar



Where? Atop the showy Sofitel Centara Grand in the urban Ladprao district, it’s the latest addition to the rooftop scene.

The view: Over the adjacent Chatuchak park and market to the skyline.

Atmosphere A calm and collected start before the mood is amplified to a full-on party by midnight.

Who goes there? Locals in search of after-work drinks.

Best feature: The monthly Full Moon club nights.

Signature cocktail: The Blue Sky, made from vodka, blue Curacao, lime and lychee juice.


Open Every night from 6pm – 2am.

Blue Sky



Where? In the luxurious Column hotel, a few floors above its fabled infinity edge swimming pool.

The view: Benjakiti Park and the city’s largest lake stretching towards the skyline.

Atmosphere: Created by the people behind Bangkok’s addition to the ultra-hip worldwide clubbing institution Bed Supperclub, the vibe here is cooler than cool.

Who goes there? The in-crowd.

Best feature: The 70-seater table, believed to be the longest in the world.

Signature cocktail: The Long Table Margarita with Herradura white tequila, Cointreau, lemongrass and macadamia nut syrup.


Open 5pm – 2am, daily.




Where? On the banks of the Chao Phraya river, in the heart of the city’s luxury hotel district.

The view: From ultra-modern skyscrapers close-by, to a jagged skyline in the distance.

Atmosphere: Cosy, intimate and mellow.

Who goes there? A favourite of Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, the bar attracts worldwide visitors and hip locals.

Best feature: The internationally renowned jazz singers who play here regularly.

Signature cocktail: The Robusto Mojito, made from Cuban cigar-infused rum with fresh lime, mint and hazelnut syrup.


Open 5pm – 1am, daily.






Where?  On the top floor of the Centara Grand skyscraper in the city centre.

The view:  Chinatown, plus the Grand Palace and temples of Rattanakosin Island.

Atmosphere:  It’s buzzing and bright – the bar lights up in seven neon colours.

Who goes there?  Discerning travellers and international royalty, such as the Prince of Denmark.

Best feature: The ample list of wines from around the world.

Signature cocktails: Foam-capped Martinis that come in passion fruit, chocolate and espresso flavour.


Open 5pm – 1am, seven days a week.


Red Sky




Where? On the top floor of the 61-storey hotel Banyan Tree Bangkok.

The view: The Chao Phraya River and the city’s skyscrapers.

Atmosphere: Chilled drinking and dining.

Who goes there? Hotel guests, British expats, discerning cocktail drinkers.

Best feature: There are no tall, view-obscuring walls, and no roof to obscure the sky (though that does make it somewhat less desirable in the rainy months), and the drinks are reasonably priced.

Signature cocktail: Vertigo Sunset: Malibu, a little cranberry juice, a lot of pineapple juice and a squeeze of lime.


Open 5pm-1am, daily.